Deadlines for Fall Admission

  • Domestic students apply by July 15.
  • International students apply by April 1.


Students are evaluated based on all materials submitted, and will be considered in the context of all of their accomplishments.

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • A GPA of 3.0 or above
  • GRE examination with preferred scores in the 50th percentile for each category See exceptions for the GRE (use School 2925; School of Public Health and Health Professions to submit scores)
    • Applying to the MPH in Biostatistics? GRE scores are not required but highly recommended for applicants without at least three semesters of calculus. 
  • Personal Statement
  • Contact information for 3 references
    • Some programs require contact information for 2 references; please refer to your specific application for the number needed
  • The following are highly recommended:
    • One general biology course
    • One health related science course (e.g., nutrition, anatomy, microbiology, or physiology)
    • Two courses in behavioral sciences, including a course in sociology or social psychology, and a course in subjects such as sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science or economics
    • Statistics or other quantitative coursework
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
    • English proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following (use School 2925; School of Public Health and Health Professions to submit scores):
      • Minimum PTE Academic score of 55; The Cambridge English Advanced (CEA) and the Cambridge English Proficiency (CEP) tests. Minimum University requirement for both of these new tests is 185 overall on the new scoring scale.
      • Minimum TOEFL scores of 550 for the rPDT paper-based test (our department prefers closer to 600) or 79 for the Internet-based test (our department prefers closer to 100); IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5;  or the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) scores. 
      • If you have completed a degree program in the United States and have a TOEFL score (or similar) that meets the minimum University at Buffalo requirements as cited above, you may submit a copy of that TOEFL score for a waiver of the TOEFL exam for this degree program.
    • Supplemental materials

GRE Exemptions

While GRE scores are required for admission to the MPH program in most cases, you may not need to provide GRE scores if:

  • You are a student in UB's Advanced Graduate Public Health Certificate program and obtain grades of 3.0 (B) or better in all certificate courses. 
  • You have an MD, PhD or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited university in the United States.
  • You are an applicant for the combined MPH/JD program and you are approved for a GRE waiver.
  • You submit satisfactory MCAT, GMAT or PCAT scores for qualifying MPH concentrations. 
  • You are a student in the University at Buffalo bachelor's program in public health, psychology or exercise science and meet required GPA criteria.
  • You are currently a student in the University at Buffalo pharmacy early assurance program and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences waived your PCATs.
  • You are applying to the MPH in Biostatistics and previously completed three semesters of calculus. 

If the admissions committee can not determine your ability to be successful in the MPH program based on MCAT, GMAT, or PCAT scores, or based on prior course work, you may still be required to submit GRE scores.

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Current or Former UB Students

If you are a current or former UB public health, psychology and exercise science major with a GPA of 3.25 or higher, or a public health certificate completer with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in each certificate course, apply through the UB-student application.

  • If you don't meet these requirements, apply through the New Students section below.

New UB Students

Public Health (Biostatistics) MPH

School of Public Health and Health Professions

Program Description

The biostatistics concentration under the Public Health MPH program prepares students to use statistical techniques in scientific studies to identify the causes of diseases and injuries, evaluate public health programs, and design mathematical models that describe the progression of diseases in populations. Students gain foundational public health knowledge and skills to address current and emerging public health issues across the globe from expert faculty at New York’s premier, research-intensive university dedicated to academic excellence and making a positive impact on the world.

Program Contact

Noreen McGuire
Phone: 716-829-6142

Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Credits Required

  • 47 Hours


  • 2 Years

Application Fee

  • $50

Special Requirements

  • Students must pay the SOPHAS fee in addition to the $50 UB application fee.
  • Effective immediately, the Biostatistics MPH program will not be requiring the submission of GRE scores as part of the admissions process. However, prospective students are encouraged to consider submitting their GRE scores if they think it will strengthen their application. 

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

Questions? Contact Us

Contact Noreen McGuire, academic program coordinator, at or (716) 829-6142.

The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs and activities. The entire notice of non-discrimination can be viewed here:

SOPHAS is a service of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health which represents CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health.